NEW YORK — “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”
These words by poet Kahlil Gibran might be considered the lifelong creed of Nazar and Artemis Nazarian.
On Friday, May 10, close to 400 people attended a gala banquet in the Plaza Hotel, to bear witness as the visiting Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, bestowed on the deserving couple the “Knight of Holy Echmiadzin” Medal, the highest honor of the Armenian Church.
The event was sponsored by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), and went forward under the auspices of Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and AGBU President Berge Setrakian.
Among the dignitaries in attendance were Diocesan Legate in Washington, DC, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Vice Prime Minister of Armenia Armen Gevorgyan, United Nations Security Council Director Dr. Movses Abelian, Armenia’s Ambassador to the United States Tatoul Markarian, Armenia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Garen Nazarian and Co-Chair of the Armenian Caucus in the US House of Representatives Congressman Frank Pallone.